Why I fear for Somalia

The wave of radicalisation targeting young Somali children everywhere is threatening hopes for the country’s future stability

The Guardian: Tuesday 11 August 2009 11.00 BST

 

Over 20 years, I have watched Somalia disintegrate politically, crumble economically and fragment socially. But my hope for Somalia’s future was always entrusted in its younger generation. Our struggle was to invest in our youth inside Somalia to develop a culture of peace by continuously talking to them about the negative effect of the civil war. We also had great hope that the Somali young people growing up in the west would bring back to the country a culture of democracy, tolerance and coexistence with the rest of the world. Both of these hopes are being seriously challenged in Somalia today by a wave of radicalisation that directly targets Somali young people everywhere.

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Beyond the Transitional Federal Government: Future Viable Options for Somalia

Beyond the Transitional Federal Government: Future Viable Options for Somalia

Speech by: Nuradin Dirie at Chatham House, London

Thursday 11 June 2009

 

It is great to be here and I thank Chatham House for giving me this opportunity to add my voice into the debate about Somalia and what to do about it. My topic, ‘Beyond the TFG: Future Viable Options for Somalia’ is likely to evoke one of two responses in your mind. One voice might say something like, ‘How brave to attempt to solve what seems an impossible task.’ Another voice might say, ‘Oh, not again. How many times have we been here before?’!! Whether you are optimistic or cynical, I’m going to attempt to use my experience to tell the Somalia story and offer some solutions for its future.

I have seen the Somalia story through several of its stages. As a Somali who grew up In Somalia I was caught up in its civil war in every conceivable way. I lost friends and family and had to move and cope with the physical, financial and psychological trauma that resulted from the great upheaval and disruption in our regular lives. Continue reading Beyond the Transitional Federal Government: Future Viable Options for Somalia

It is Time to Learn the Unlearned Lessons in Somalia

It is Time to Learn the Unlearned Lessons in Somalia

University of Oxford. Department of International Development.

June 8th 2009.

 

Mr Chairman, friends, ladies and Gentlemen,

It is great to see you all, many familiar faces and I am always happy to catch up with former colleagues and chat about what is happening. I am also pleased to have met Professor Anderson having read some of his work. I did enjoy the Khat controversy, the book, not the substance itself. Perhaps I am the rare Somali who doesn’t inhale.

On another level, I am saddened by the situation in Somalia and that we are here to discuss yet again, how we can do something about possibly the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Let me start by reading a passage that I picked up this morning describing the situation;

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